Halifax man charged with hospital threats has history with police

Halifax Regional Police say emergency room staff at the QEII Health Sciences Centre were threatened by a man armed with a knife.

Staff told police the man had been asked to leave because he had caused a disturbance in the waiting room.

Khaled Samara, 56, of Halifax has been charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of uttering threats and causing a disturbance.

A Halifax man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase a decade back is now facing charges connected to threatening hospital staffers with a knife.

Halifax Regional Police were called to the emergency room of the Halifax Infirmary at 1799 Robie St. on Thursday at 7 p.m.

A man armed with a knife had threatened hospital staff after he was asked to leave when he caused a disturbance in the waiting room, said a police news release.

Officers located the man near Trollope and Rainnie Streets a short time later and arrested him without incident.

Khaled Samara, 56, was slated to appear in Halifax provincial court Friday to face charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats, and causing a disturbance.

In October 2008, a judge sent Samara to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth for a psychiatric assessment after police charged him with two counts of assaulting police as well as fleeing from police in a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle, resisting arrest, mischief and breaching probation.

Police alleged at the time that Samara had been fired from his job driving a concrete truck on the morning of Oct. 1, 2008, and that he planned to use a gun to kill himself or somebody else.

It took investigators most of that day to track him down. Police finally spotted his car in Dartmouth at about 6:30 p.m. that night. After Samara realized he was being followed, he allegedly fled over the MacKay bridge to Halifax and onto the Bedford Highway.

He was arrested after his car became stuck in traffic near the Fairview overpass and was boxed in by police vehicles.